Intel to Debut New Chip Design

The chipmaker will introduce its energy-efficient architecture at a conference later in the month.
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Intel

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will soon unveil a new semiconductor architecture designed for energy efficiency that will debut in products in the second half of 2006.

The announcement will be made as part of a semiannual conference Intel holds for the software and hardware engineers who work on the company's chips. About 4,000 are expected to attend the three-day show, known as the Intel Developer Forum, in San Francisco from Aug. 23 to 25.

The new architecture will support multiple processing cores, enable new designs for products and support a host of technology advancements, says company spokesman Bill Calder. CEO Paul Otellini will introduce the new architecture during his keynote address on the show's first day.

Other expected details at the show include further disclosures about the next-generation Centrino platform, expected in early 2006, and updates to Intel's plans for home-entertainment PCs.

Intel underwent a companywide reorganization earlier this year in an effort to extend the success of its Centrino bundle of wireless technologies found in laptop PCs. Intel is aiming to sell similar bundles of technology, known within Intel as platforms, for desktop PCs, home entertainment PCs and servers.

Key themes at the conference -- which typically results in a slew of product announcements -- will focus on dual-core and multicore processors, and Intel's evolving platform strategy.

Intel also plans to emphasize its focus on efficient power designs for its processors. "A key ingredient for us moving forward on our platforms will be performance-per-watt," Calder says.

In May, Intel

introduced platforms for home and office desktop computers. A similar platform could be forthcoming at IDF for home electronic entertainment products.

The conference will also mark the public debut for Intel's nascent Digital Health Group, one of five business groups formed in Intel's reorganization earlier this year.

Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of the unit, will deliver a keynote address discussing how Intel sees its technology benefiting the health care industry.